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“Step Back in Time”

Colonial Michilimackinac
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Treasures from the past come to life at this 18th-century fort and fur trading village. Reconstructed based on historic maps and more than 50 years of archaeological excavations that continue today, Colonial Michilimackinac offers a one-of-a-kind experience from cannon and musket firings to hearth cooking and crafts. Located on the shore of the Straits of Mackinac, visitors of all ages can enjoy the unique perspective from the palisade walls.
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a great place to take kids. As you enter the fort you are immediately taken back to the early 1800s. There are demonstrations throughout the day. Children learn what is was like as a child during that time. They even have games from the 1800s.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

The fort is a remarkable recreation of what life was like in the 18th century. The cast members are terrific and do a great job role playing. There are several live demonstrations including cooking, craft making, cannon firings, and musket shooting. It's very educational and quite interesting for all ages.

Thank CheddaP
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Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

My family had fun there on our last visit to the straits. This was a great attraction for the kids with the weaponry demonstration. The staff was very nice and welcoming. It was a bit pricey to get in(we are a family of six) but it was worth it to creatively educate my babies!

Thank Zebraducky33
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We visited early in the "season" with young children. It is a lot of walking, but there were quite a few places to rest. The actors (?) and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. There was more to do than just wander and look at {which was a pleasant surprise}. The live fire demonstrations may be too loud for small children, but it was certainly a fun, yet educational trip for everyone else.

Thank mosjj
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We visited the week before the island closed for the winter in October and the day that the fort was closing. We pretty much had the island and the fort to ourselves. There is a loooong ramp to get to the entrance, then a lot of walking and steps to get into the buildings. I believe it is handicap accessible to bypass the ramp but I'm not sure if wheelchairs could get into the buildings. At that time of the year there are not many re-enactments but they did shoot off the cannon and explain the different uniforms they were wearing and guns they used in that period. The buildings were very interesting and informative--the showers, infirmary, supply house, living quarters for officers, etc. The view was fantastic looking across the bay--you could almost see the opposition coming to fight!

Thank Arlene E
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